Shelby County, Tennessee, Director of the Office of Preparedness To Deliver Keynote Address to ETBU Fall Graduates
MARSHALL, Texas (12/02/11)- East Texas Baptist University Office of Academic Affairs announces that Bob Nations, Jr., the Director of the Shelby County, Tennessee, Office of Preparedness will be the keynote speaker for Fall Commencement. Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Nations is a graduate of ETBU.
“It is an honor to have such an accomplished alum as Mr. Nations to bring our fall commencement address,” said ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton. “His experiences as a leader in emergency preparedness and homeland security have propelled him to regional and national prominence as an expert in his field.”
The Shelby County Office of Preparedness represents Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and the regional Urban Area Security Initiative, which is the tri-state, six county homeland security program. Nations is a career law enforcement officer and police administrator serving since 1973 in several positions in local, state, and federal levels of government.
Nations, a veteran of the U.S. Army, served as the Director for the State Office of Homeland Security in Mississippi prior to coming to Shelby County in 2007. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Nations served as Chief of Operations for homeland security serving the state’s governor in response and recovery efforts.
Nations graduate studies in criminal justice and terrorism have been at the University of Mississippi as well as the University of Memphis. He is a graduate of the Naval Post-Graduate Schools Executive Leadership Program located at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, teaching courses in terrorism and homeland security.
Nations was recently named to the top 100 most influential leaders in the mid-south region. His work, relative to building an innovative partnership with the faith based community; has been nationally recognized and was highlighted during the recent epic floods in Tennessee. He is also an accomplished speaker and writer, with his latest textbooks entitled: “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Introduction to Terrorism.”